The CM Storm Scout II builds on the heritage and design ethic of the original chassis, which has proven a big seller for the company since it was launched.
Cooler Master has taken the original design and improved various areas. As expected, the company have upgraded two of the USB 2.0 ports to USB 3.0, as well as moving the I/O panel to a more convenient location. The handle on top of the chassis has been redesigned, and it is now extremely strong and ideal for carrying the case around, even when fully loaded.
The design of the chassis is simple but aesthetically pleasing, although it won’t win any awards for its looks. The window on the left-hand side of the chassis is positioned to highlight key components, including the CPU Cooler and graphics card. We do like that Cooler Master have included a 120mm red LED fan, however a couple more fans would have been beneficial.
The thermal performance of the chassis isn’t bad ‘out-of-the-box’ but has plenty of room for improvement, as you can fit a further eight 120mm fans into the case. You would have to budget at least an extra £15 for two more quality case fans.
The acoustical performance was good with only a single case fan installed. If you adopted another two quality case fans the noise level wouldn’t rise significantly and the cooling performance would be at a level which would accommodate a higher specified system.
The Storm Scout II is certainly built to a high standard, and we really enjoyed using it. If it had shipped with additional fans we wouldn’t have hesitated at giving this chassis one of our best awards, but with a price tag that is £87 from OCUK we would have expected at least two quality chassis fans. That said, it is a great case, and holds a lot of potential for gaming systems.
- Well built chassis.
- Plenty of internal space for mid-tower.
- Can fit 9 x 120mm fans.
- Sturdy handle design.
- Only 1 x 120mm fan included.
- Competition is high in this sector.
Kitguru Says: We really like this case but it just needs to have a little more to justify the price tag.